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Four Mile Brewing Post Game: George Washington 76, St. Bonaventure 70

By: Jonathan May @jmay425

Quickly: 
Tyler Cavanaugh’s career high 33 points and ten rebounds led the George Washington Colonials to a 76-70 victory over the St. Bonaventure Bonnies at the Smith Center on Saturday afternoon. 

The Colonials, controlled the first half with hot shooting from behind the arc and kept Bonnies backcourt off the score sheet  for most of the half in route to a 42-29 lead at the break. The lone basket between Adams and Mobley came as time expired in the first half as Mobley hit a corner 3 that was almost a mirror image of the shot he made to go ahead against VCU a week ago.

David Andoh led all Bonnies in scoring with 20 points coming off the bench photo via gobonnies.com

The Bonnies also searching for only their second win at the Smith Center since 1989 made a furious run behind 20 points off the bench from David Andoh to cut what was once a 15 point lead with 14 left to play, all the way down to 1. Andoh took a crafty no look pass in transition from Jay Adams to cut the lead to 62-61. After trading baskets and down 64-63 with 4 minutes to play, Jaren Sina hit his 5th three pointer of the night to put the Colonials back up 4 and rode some clutch free throw shooting to close out the Bonnies night and chance to notch their second double digit comeback win in the last 3 weeks.

The loss drops the Bonnies to 15-9 on the season and 7-5 in the Atlantic Ten. Also, the loss gives the Colonials the ever so important head to head tiebreaker if the teams we’re to tie at the end of the regulation.

For the GoBonnies.com recap, click here.

5 Takeaways:

  1. Slow starts and St. Bonaventure are starting to become synonymous as the Bonnies chug toward post-season play. If the focus is to win the whole tournament in Pittsburgh, in a short turnaround situation in order to secure the automatic bid, slow starts will surely not be in the formula to make a run.  I don’t know if there is a way to coach through cold shooting but perhaps the staff needs to script and run plays early in the game to find rhythm.
  2. The BonaBlog’s fabulous staff put out some great content this week from the Bona Bits article to the George Washington Pre-Game report. In a little nugget that we posted on Twitter this week, St. Bonaventure has won exactly one game at the Smith Center since 1989. The lone win came in 2011 with Andrew Nicholson on the roster. Clearly there is something in the water when the Bonnies head to the Nation’s Capital.
  3. Denzell Gregg logged 10:32 of playing time against GW before fouling out. The staff needs to find a way to keep him in games longer

    Denzell Gregg is becoming a liability for this team when it deals with playing time. For this team to succeed, he needs to be on the floor, period. Bonnies fans have come to love his “extra gear” and aggressiveness as an “X Factor”, but when it comes at the expense of wins and losses, Denzell needs to play like a senior and realize his critical role on this team. Even when he doesn’t score, his long, athletic frame is a key to playing good team defense in Mark Schmidt’s system, especially when they switch into the 1-3 half court zone. The unofficial count on his minutes had him at 10:32 of playing time today.

  4. Where has the offense gone? At the start of the season and well into the start of conference play, the Bonnies were poised to score at, or around 80 points per game if they simply kept pace with their first half stats. The past 9 games the Bonnies have failed to get to that 80 point threshold in those 9 games, their record has been 5-4. They will go as far as their offense goes this season, plain and simple.
  5. If you’re thinking big picture, since the loss to UNCW at home, the Bonnies have been backed into the dreaded corner of needing to secure an automatic bid to advance to a second NCAA Tournament under Mark Schmidt. Looking forward, today’s loss essentially fortifies their place in the 5-8 seed range. Wednesday’s game with Lasalle will be huge in determining a tie-break if the teams finish tied. Lasalle finishes with 4 our of their last six against 4 of the bottom five teams in the league. Contrast that with the Bonnies, the Bonnies finish with 3 against the bottom five.

Moment of the Game:  After David Andoh’s 18 foot jumper that cut the Colonials lead to one at 64-63, the Bonnies inexplicably left Jaren Sina wide open on the wing in front of the GW bench as he hit his 5th trey of the game and squashed any real attempt at a comeback win for the Brown and White. 

Stats:

 

Stats via espn.com

Up Next: The Bonnies return home to face Lasalle on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. The Explorers and Bonnies are neck in neck in the A10 standings and the match up will determine the head to head tie-breaker in relation to seeding at the A10 Tournament.  

Photos courtesy of Steve Harrison Photograph. Check out his great work and amazing shots here.

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Jonathan is a class of 2006 graduate and covers the Bonnies when the team travels to Virginia.